In the 17th century, the Icelandic people had deep roots in magic and sorcery. These roots have played an important role in their history and their future.
In the village of Hólmavík, Strandir the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft is dedicated to the history of witchcraft in Iceland.
Strandir isa very remote area in Iceland where in the 17th century 22 people were executed for practicing magic. The first person to be burned was a sorcerer named Jón Rögnvaldsson. After being charged with raising a ghost that caused harm to people and livestock he was burned to death.
Ironically, most of the witches to be burned were men, unlike the Salem witch trials in Massachusetts. Out of 120 trials, 10 were women. But of the 22 people burned, only one was female.
One of the most interesting pieces in the museum are the Necropants which are described as magical pants in many Icelandic folk tales. (see the photo below)
The pants were believed to be made by skinning a dead man from the waist down. Then a coin was placed inside the scrotum of the pants and the wearer should receive by magic an endless flow of money.
Check out the photos below with items from the museum!
The pants were believed to be made by skinning a dead man from the waist down. It was also believed that by placing a coin inside the scrotum of the pants, the wearer was guaranteed an endless flow of money.
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